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KOOYONG TOWNHOUSES, ARMADALE

Project Details:

Bricks: Rustic Paving Tiles (Tan), 230x50x15mm, by Krause Bricks

Supplier: Robertson’s Building Products

Architect: Kennedy Nolan Architects

Developer: Outline Projects

Builder: Bear Projects

Photography: Derek Swalwell

Text from Robertson’s Building Products:

There is much more to Kooyong than meets the eye. What appears to be a single residence from the street front is in fact a surprising and thoughtful design. Because what sits behind the wall of paved brick tiles is Outline Projects’ well-sited, multi-dwelling development of six spacious two storey townhouses. Each is abundant with natural light and ventilation, and equipped with all the comforts and solid finishes any empty nester would desire, along with a basement, double garage and private lift.

Jacky Oro, architect, Kennedy Nolan, explains, “Because of the intent to build within the garden, when it came to selecting the material palette, choosing materials that would work well in a garden setting was important. We also looked at other dwellings in the area and introduced those textures and crafts into the building. That’s why we liked the brickwork, to introduce texture and warmth into the palette.” 

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And it’s the unique details in the design, for which Kennedy Nolan is renowned, that really sets Kooyong apart. The Herringbone brick walls paved with Krause Bricks’ Rustic Tan brick tiles, supplied by Robertson’s Building Products, are a prime example.  While the townhouses are predominantly rendered, the pedestrian access at the front of the building, along with a double arched wall at the back, which forms an entry into the rear townhouse, are covered in Rustic Tan brick tiles laid in a herringbone pattern.  “We used the herringbone pattern as an opportunity not just to create texture from the brick tile, but to accent the actual craft of the bricklayer, that craft in itself,” Jacky says.

From both the north and south facades, residents and their guests can walk past, around and through the brick tiles walls, allowing everyone to view and enjoy them. “You walk around those walls and have a good close proximity to them in both instances where they’re used. They’re immediate to you, so you can actually appreciate the warmth and texture of the brick tiles up close,”.

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We particularly liked the depth of colour and the texture of the Rustic Tan brick tiles, because they worked well with the overall palette ... and we like the dimension of them – the thinness and their format, which works well from a practical point of view
— Jacky Oro, architect, Kennedy Nolan
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